Part loads vs. full loads: which is better for you, and what is the difference? Read this to learn what you need to know, and which to pick.

Planning a removal, but don’t know what kind of load you should opt for? Part loads vs. full loads: which is better for you and your move, and can you choose which one to use? There are a lot of questions you may have if you are moving for the first time, and we understand that it can be overwhelming.

When it comes to removals and logistics, you need to know which option is best for you and why. Unfortunately, there is nothing easy about moving, but you can get a weight off your shoulders by understanding what is happening – with the different load options being crucial in the journey.

To find out about part and full loads, and to learn which option is better for you, keep reading.

Understanding Part vs Full Loads

Understanding Part vs Full Loads

A part load, LCL (less than container load) or LTL (less than truckload) is any kind of shipment (e.g. lorry, truck, or ship) that doesn’t use all available space in it. Sometimes a removal doesn’t fill the whole area of space that is available in the transport, so the space that is left over can be used for another removal. Most, if not all, moving and shipping companies will offer what we call part loads.

In these part loads, the remaining unused space will be used for another client’s belongings or shipment. That way, none of the space is wasted and cost can not only be reduced for the client, but it will be covered for the company. So, if you were moving your office and your belongings only took up half of the lorry, the rest of the space will be used for another person’s removal.

Sometimes referred to as FCL (full container load) or FTL (full truckload), a full load is more self-explanatory. Here, the chosen transport is filled up with a single person’s belongings and all available space is used up.

Full loads typically cost more than part loads since you are paying for all the space in the transport. However, not every moving or logistics company will offer part load prices, so this is something to be aware of when you are thinking of moving homes.

Throwing Return Loads into the Mix

With that being said, you should also consider return loads when moving. Return loads can save you money on shipping, as they are typically very affordable because companies want to avoid ‘dead mileage’ – where fuel is wasted on an empty return journey.

Part Loads vs. Full Loads: Which is Better for You?

Part Loads vs. Full Loads: Which is Better for You?

So, part loads vs. full loads: which is better for you? To answer this question, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages of both load types, and see which suits your specific needs.

Benefits of Part Loads

Below are the benefits of part loads to keep in mind when deciding what to do with your particular move.

  • Cheaper option compared to a full load
  • Accommodating and flexible for moves of all sizes
  • Environmental impact is reduced
  • Improved facilitation
  • Just as safe as full loads

Disadvantages of Part Loads

Part loads have a handful of disadvantages to remember:

  • Shipments may take longer as additional stops might be necessary
  • Very small chance of your goods being mixed up with another load (the use of modern technology and proper planning means that this will rarely ever happen, but it is still worth mentioning for the sake of transparency)

Benefits of Full Loads

Full loads can be incredibly useful, but do have some disadvantages to bear in mind:

  • The transport time is typically quicker compared to part loads since no one else’s belongings are in the transport with yours
  • Decreased risk of damage with full loads. While part loads are unlikely to result in missing or damaged items, it goes without saying that full loads carry an even lower risk
  • You pay a flat rate for the whole container rather than per cubic metre

Disadvantages of Full Loads

The primary disadvantages of full loads are as follows:

  • Full loads are more expensive
  • They are not suitable for smaller removals or smaller packages

Is One Better Than the Other?

The answer to this really depends on your personal logistical needs. Both part and full loads have their place and are important, but one will always be more suitable over the other for your particular move.

Taking the advantages and disadvantages of both into account, one is not better than the other.

How to Choose Between Part Loads and Full Loads

How to Choose Between Part Loads and Full Loads

You may not always get a choice between a part load and a full load for your removal. If your removal is sizable, then all the space in the transport container may be taken up, which means that you don’t have the option for a part load.

If you do not fill up the whole container, you may be given the option to do a part load. Not all removal companies will offer a part load at a reduced cost, though, so look into this before making your decision. Here at Weston & Edwards, we are more than happy to do part loads to suit everyone and keep costs down by sharing container space on a journey.

If you don’t mind some extra transit times, then part loads are the best option to keep things as affordable as possible – because moving is expensive enough as it is.

Find Out What Weston & Edwards Can Offer

Here at Weston & Edwards, we can help you at every step of the journey if you need it, whether it’s for a house removal or an office removal. We can supply you with all the necessary materials and equipment for moving and packing, and can even help you with the packing ourselves. From getting your house ready to move to transport, storage, unpacking, and disposing of the moving supplies, we’re with you right to the end.

If you want to make the move out of the UK, or even to the UK, we can help. We offer international removals and worldwide shipping to get you where you want to be – wherever that is. Our removals across Europe, including France, Spain, Ireland, and beyond will make your life easy, and moving abroad will be smoother than ever.

We understand that the personal touch can make all the difference when it comes to moving, and we want to make things as easy and comfortable for you as possible. So, if you need help with anything, just know that we are ready and willing.

Weston & Edwards Will Make Your Move Easier

Weston & Edwards Will Make Your Move Easier

For anyone who is moving for the first time and feels overwhelmed, we understand that the situation is stressful enough as it is. Between the different load types, removal companies, and necessary paperwork, the process is incredibly daunting.

At Weston & Edwards, we can offer guides on moving houses – from what you need to remember when moving homes to moving with pets after post-Brexit. We want to make moving as easy as possible for you, and we put the time and energy into helping you with our services and information.

With so much going on at Weston & Edwards, you can follow our news blogs to get all the latest updates, including our recent removals like the Essex house removal.

So, ‘part loads vs. full loads: which is better for you’ – there is no clear answer because every removal is different. It all comes down to how much you need to transport, your preferences, and your budget.

To get in touch, please contact us using the details given below, or contact us on our site to find out more.

Tel: 01278 425508